Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How Does Logic Play Into It?

If it's truly illogical, does that mean that God is "in it" wanting you to step out in the so called venture of faith? It would seem that some Christians unfortunately believe that's how to confirm something is right for them—they prefer to go by their "feelings."

But God wants you and me to prayerfully use logic all through the day without enthroning our brains!

Christian, have you prayed about it? Do you have a peace about it being the will of God? Would it be sin for you to do it when it might not be for another person… or is it a non-negotiable that would be sin for anyone to do (according to what the Bible says)?

Have you or others worked out the circumstances in such a way that you could afford to do it …or is there something else circumstantially blocking your way? Is it legal, does it wisely edify people... or could it potentially create a stumbling block for a weaker believer who has their eye on you as their example?

What is your inner motive? Does it protect people from all different kinds of danger? Would it serve your own personal interests or those of another ..thus honoring God? Is the inner witness of the Holy Spirit telling you to go for it? How do proven Christian counselors advise you to proceed? Do they point you to the Scriptures?

When you run into a cultist or some irreligious party animal out there in the world …who is temporarily sober… or maybe into someone really into Buddhism, how do you tactfully approach them? Segway'n our way in and through a witnessing situation does take some logic and reasoning capabilities …unless you really want to flub it. Do they throw up smoke-screen topics or excuses?—do they take you on rabbit trails?—are they closed minded?—what diagnostic questions do you ask them? What if they've been burned by a so called Christian or Christian leader before?

Is there common ground to be found? Are they an open-sinner or a closed sinner …ya know, with the palm of their big hand up in your face as they tell you where to go? If they claim to be born again, what temperature are they?--red hot, cold, or lukewarm? Are they merely into dead religion? Are they a defeated saint living in sin, but wanting assurance of salvation? Are they saved but lacking an assurance, but really should be experiencing that? Are they married to an unbeliever? These thoughts are not bad to be thinking about, unless we possess some self righteous superiority complex?

God expects us to love Him with our whole heart and mind. I wish I could give you a foolproof method for discovering the will of God in every situation. Discovering it can be tricky at times, but God sure isn't trying to keep that from you. He wants all of us to know His will. Sometimes we just get too busy to inquire or wait on Him.

I ran into a Buddhist not too long ago who told me "Kurt, you have your truth and I have mine and my truth is as good as your truth. Both are true and valid." He was sincere, but sincerely wrong and I basically needed to silently talk to his Maker ..in a non-strange way. He who would talk to men about God, would do well to first listen and talk to God about men.

Buddhists just don't believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to get into Heaven to live eternally with the Father …as Christ claimed to be.

It's so amazing what the many different world religions make Jesus out to be—a plain old prophet, a spirit brother of Lucifer, a mere teacher, the Archangel Michael …so many things other than the one and only Savior of the World ..who solely deserves our worship and full obedience. God's anointed logic, rather than human logic does need to come into play, but it's no game. We are dealing with life and death matters.

Sure we need to be a friend and blessing to be around, speaking the truth in love. I don't consider myself a good witness, but I know God can help me in this area. Personally want to be a more focused, better listener. I want to be a logical servant and live the life (which is easier said that done). I want to maintain a right spirit, to care, to use facts, use the Bible and allow the Lord to use me to scripturally refute the lies that my friends have swallowed …and do so without hurting them …even if they say they don't believe in the Word. There certainly is enough evidence to be had in advance.

Oh to wisely witness using the Scriptures with grace, authority, salt and logic as Jesus did…

"...so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isa. 55:11, nkjv).

Perhaps you have some questions about logic in a general sense or in regards to apologetics.

Read More

http://www.fish4souls.org/FArtiApolo/Logical_reasoning.pdf

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